NBA praises Chauvin guilty verdict, vows to push for ‘meaningful change’
The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association on Tuesday released a joint statement praising the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests last summer, noting that both organizations will continue to “advocate for meaningful change.”
“George Floyd’s murder was a flash point for how we look at race and justice inner county, and we are pleased that justice appears to have been served,” NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wrote in the joint statement.
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“But we also recognize that there is much work to be done and the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association, together with our newly-formed Social Justice Coalition, will redouble our efforts to advocate for meaningful change in the areas of criminal justice and policing,” the statement continued.
Last week the NBA tapped Obama Justice Department alum James Cadogan to serve as executive director of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition.
“Just as today’s grassroots movement for justice can trace its origins to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, this coalition is rooted in the legacy forged by generations of NBA athletes, who for over 60 years have used their platforms to fight for civil rights and economic justice,” Cadogan said at the time.
Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges he faced, including second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder.
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